Yesterday was the first Monday in May, which can only mean one thing: the Met Gala descended on the Metropolitan Museum of Art, bringing celebrities, socialities, and other fashionable folks to the Fifth Avenue institution. The bash was in celebration of the museum's latest Costume Institute exhibit, "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology," which opens to the public later this week. And while our pals at Racked have you covered on the fashion and celebrity aspects of the whole shebang, we're taking a look at the design of the exhibit and the party itself (through the magic of Instagram—special thanks to the celebs who broke the whole "no phones inside the party" rule).
The exhibition space itself is designed by Rem Koolhaas's firm OMA, with the defining element being the so-called "ghost cathedral" that welcomes visitors to the exhibit:
Today, The Met held a press preview for The #CostumeInstitute exhibition "#ManusxMachina: Fashion in an Age of Technology," on view to the public from May 5 through August 14. Presented in the Museum’s Robert Lehman Wing, the exhibition explores how designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear. This view features one of the highlights of the exhibition: Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel wedding ensemble, a perfect melding of hand and machine and one of curator Andrew Bolton’s inspirations for the show. #TheMet #MetGala
Per Racked's review, "The exhibit seeks to explore the tension between the handmade and the machine-made, and by extension, haute couture and prêt-à-porter, or ready-to-wear." This is made clear in the choice of clothes on display, which fuse elements of traditional tailoring with new, tech-forward practices.
No look at silk flower fashions would be complete without an example of Boué Soeurs. How marvelous to read in the label copy exactly how this court presentation robe de style was made: "Hand-sewn ivory tulle, machine-embroidered with couched silver cord in a foliate and vermicelli pattern; insets of silver blue silk and metal lamé with machine-picot edging; hand-appliquéd with hand-embroidered white silk tulle with artificial flowers in pink, purple, green, yellow, and blue silk ribbon and floss." Manus x Machina. #costumeinstitute #andrewbolton #fashionhistory #fashionasart #exquisiteexhibition #mustsee #bouesoeurs #silkribbonembroidery #hautecouture
The design for the Met Gala itself also echoed the principles of the exhibit, with installations throughout the building that called to mind some of the outfits on view in the exhibit:
Celebs also embraced the tech-focused theme. This dress by Claire Danes, for example, had a princess vibe but a thoroughly modern twist: it was lit by fiber-optic lights.
And a few peeks inside:
Zero Dark Thirty actor Édgar Ramirez 'grammed his dessert:
Kate Bosworth snapped a pic inside the Sackler Wing, where the dinner is held:
And Vogue, of course, provided a lovely little video of the dinner set-up beforehand:
We'll let Anna Wintour close things out as only she can: